National University Nazareth School’s Reinhard Jumamoy closed out his high school basketball career in spectacular fashion, leading the Bullpups to their third consecutive championship in the NBTC National Finals.
Just like what he has done in the UAAP, the 5-foot-11 point guard out of Cebu filled up the stat sheet with 16 points, 15 rebounds, 10 assists, and five steals. And that performance earned him the title of Most Outstanding Player in the tournament.
Reflecting on the victory, the 19-year-old expressed gratitude for the opportunity to become a champion once again and credited the team’s focus and determination for their success. He also emphasized the importance of staying humble and grounded, even in the face of such a significant accomplishment.
“Unexplainable feeling na nakabalik kami dito. Sabi ko nga on track kami, as we part ways. Sabi nga nila coach sa teammates ko, sa amin na itong last game na high school namin… Kailangan namin kunin,” said Jumamoy.
“Thank you kay God na binigay yung opportunity na makapag-champion kami once.”
Jumamoy’s success on the court extends beyond the NBTC National Finals.
Just two days prior, Jumamoy, who owns the league record for most triple-doubles in a season at four, was awarded the UAAP Season 85 Most Valuable Player, a testament to his skill and talent as a basketball player.
Looking ahead to his future at NU, Jumamoy recognized the value of the championship experience gained in the NBTC and how it will serve as a huge boost for him as he transitions to the next level of play.
“Malaking boost to sa’min papuntang college kasi yung nga ibang level ang college,” said Jumamoy.
As Jumamoy moves on to the next chapter of his basketball career, he leaves a message for his teammates to keep their feet on the ground and remain humble. It was a reminder to them that they too can call themselves champions with the right mindset and dedication.
“Niremind ko lang yung boys na as we part ways, sinabi ko lang sa kanila na matatawag din natin sarili nating champion. Pero yun nga, ‘wag natin kalimutan maging humble and to keep our feet on the ground,” he said.
With Jumamoy’s impressive track record and commitment to the game, there is no doubt that he will continue to make waves at the collegiate level.